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Camden High Street on a Sunday [20051206|12:52]
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On Sunday, I went to Camden High Street to shoot some photos of the crowds for ripperlyn. A nice flyering guy helped me to climb a lamp-post on the bridge over the canals between the Market and the Lock Market. For those who aren't familiar with the area, the street is lined with shops that open most days of the week. The stalls in the Market open daily as well. Some of the more established shops (e.g. Cyberdog, the Black Rose) in the Lock and Stables Markets open during the week. Sunday's the only actual proper market day, though. That's when all the little tables and small temporary stalls and the food court in the Lock Market open as well. It's also when, seemingly, every tourist in London shows up. I overheard a woman say "I think there are more people here than in Oxford Circus." While I'm not sure I agree that the numbers are greater, the density probably is, due to the narrowness of the pavements and the single station entrance for the Camden Town tube.

From the bridge looking towards the tube station

From the bridge looking towards the Lock Market entrance (Look! Goths! Aw.)

The canal from the bridge to the Lock Market courtyard

The lock (I really like this one.)

[User Picture]From: bellelaqueen
2005-12-06 14:27 (UTC)
Camden markets are my favorite place in London, and I've spent a lot of cash in The Black Rose! Even though it's annoyingly packed, Saturday is my favorite day there because all the punks are out. I love to people watch, punks are great to watch, and so are the tourists that are afraid of them. Tres funny.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-12-06 17:21 (UTC)
Tourists are afraid of the punks?! I'm more afraid of the eight-foot-tall dudes who travel in packs of no less than ten, selling weed and looking ominous with their hoodies up. And even those make me laugh, because you get a glimpse of their faces and realize that they're all pimply-faced gangly teenagers.
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[User Picture]From: moxin
2005-12-06 20:17 (UTC)
So was reading this as a part of communistgnome's Friends list, and as soon as I got to the "...proper market day..." I said "Ahah! British! (or perhaps Irish or Scottish, so as not to offend anyone)"

Mind you, the names of the places you listed probably should have clued me in, but it was after my trips to England that I really found out how different our languages can be.

I do so envy the country over there for it's dedication to history...I'd like to think America is just too young, but I think we don't preserve it nearly as nicely as what I've seen.

Not to hop in and bug you, but "Hi"...and very nice pics btw. There are so many places I have left to see!
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[User Picture]From: projectpitbull
2005-12-07 08:56 (UTC)
i no longer think that being too young of a country has nothing to do with fondness of history. just impatience, ignorance, and need to stay ahead of others.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-12-09 15:22 (UTC)
Hey! Check it out, I just received this comment notification.

I'm not English myself, but I've (mostly unconsciously) adopted some of the British-English grammatical expressions since moving here. I am clinging to my accent with both fists, though, as there's very little that's as annoying as an American with a fake English accent.

I remember visiting the equivalent of a Grade II* listed house in LA, designed by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, that was built in the 1960s. You won't find a lot of buildings that new with that kind of protection here, where a person would have to apply to the council just to change the color of the paint on the door. And conversely, there are Victorian buildings on my block in a terrible state of disrepair. It's funny, some of the Brits I've talked to seem to admire the American dedication to preserving things that they see as relatively new or culturally less significant. For instance, our extensive national park system.
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[User Picture]From: nanila
2005-12-07 21:37 (UTC)
Heh. I have lots of other pictures, and the resolution on the full-size images is such that you could potentially identify hundreds of people in them.

I get a bit claustrophobic in the markets, too. It's nice to escape down by the canal for a breather every now and then.
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